Monday, September 22, 2014

Cleavage , Journalism and dignity of a woman

                                     I was on a break from noise of politics and hypocrisy of prime time fake outrages for sometime. Life is beautiful away from all this noise and dust . But today I am forced to come back after reading TOI. I cant shut myself to shell reading this disgusting editorial of Times of India Entertainment  by Managing Editor Priya Gupta.
                                   Times of India is called Toilet paper of India for a reason, but with columns of people like Chetan Bhagat and  Minhaz Merchant it will be a pain in the ass too . So when Deepika Padukone was angry on Times of India article I was wondering why she is doing that, she is degrading herself by commenting on an article on TOI.

                               Sensible people wont respond to Breaking News prostitution of Times Now and Times Of India . I remember Arnab Goswami's fake outarage on Shashi Tharoor on corruption and later he sharing bed with saints like Amit Shah, Gadkari, Adani, Solanki, Babu Bokhariya etc . Tharoor as a gentlemen never spoke a word, he knows "Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it"
                           
                                Before commenting on ToI's editorial let me recall your attention to an interview with Deepika Padukone by Priya Gupta published on August 24. Title of the article " OMG: Deepika chooses Dinoo over Ranveer Singh" (I still cant figure out why that "OMG" there) . Few questions from That Interview


  •  Your van is unique and so girly ( I think Priya Gupta is expecting Manly Deepika)
  •  You have told me earlier how Dinoo is your best friend. Does that still hold?
  •  Do you still also count Homi Adajania as your friend?
  •  How does it work for the both of you? 
  •  Between Ranveer, Dinoo and Homi, who would you reach out to first if you had a problem?
  •  Even before Ranveer?
  •  When does marriage figure in your life?

These questions and title of the article will show some light into the mentality of the editor and the news paper

To know Times of India you have to know about  the promoters of  this group .

It was started in 1838, by British owners, then swallowed five decades later by a joint British holding company, Bennett, Coleman & Company. In 1946 Ramkrishna Dalmia, purchase the paper and the holding company.
                     
Dalmia had 6 wives and 18 children and was more interested in politics than news paper. So he entrusted paper to his son in law Shanti Prasad Jain, Grand father of Vineet Jain and Samir Jain.

Dalmia was in prison for 2 years, but when he was out he was out from his paper too. The great legacy of Jains in Times of India

According to newyorker "Samir is into God,Vineet is into women.”  May be Arnab Goswami and Priya Gupta  follows Vineet too much, they should have followed Samir also

                           Let me come back to the " cleavage" row . Priya Gupta agrees with Deepika that real and role and different . But she questions " hypocrisy of Deepika Padukone "  " but what about all the times, and there have been many, when you have flaunted your body off screen — while dancing on stage, posing for magazine covers, or doing photo ops at movie promotional functions? What 'role' do you play there? So why the hypocrisy? "

                        Thank God Priya Gupta didnt say that Deepika was naked in real life while taking bath. Is Priya Gupta is so naive to understand that Deepika'sr on stage performances, photo shoots, or movie promotional functions are part of her profession ? Does she expect Deepika to dress up in a parda and dance on stage ?
                        Again Priya Gupta critizes other media outlets for supporting Deepika and publishing the picture . I have only one thing to say to Priya on this, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at others.
                        Priya Gupta's next argument is online is a different platform, sensational headlines are not uncommon .Will TOI publish a picture of Meera Jain or Trishula Jain with a headline " OMG : Meera/Trishula Jain's cleavage show " . You wont I know , but for you body of bollywood actress is a bait to attract more people and you teach us about women empowerment , wow  great.

"It's not as if the pictures were shot with hidden cameras, or that someone sneaked into her home, invaded her privacy, and took those pictures without her knowledge/permission." Yes Priya Gupta , Deepika called Times of India to take pictures and video of her cleavage.

"Deepika, who began her career as a 'calendar girl' for a liquor brand, has written" . Dear Priya anything illegal in Deepika shooting for a liquor brand ? or is it your inferiority complex that speaks here ? And as the MD of a entertainment daily you should be knowing that Deepika started her career with Tamil film called snehithaye in 2000 6 years before her photoshoot with liquor brand.

"Deepika, just for the record, we do not zoom into a woman's vagina or show her nipples." Dear Priya you didn't get a chance else you should have published it with a headline " OMG : Deepika Padukone's Vagina/ nipple show" and Arnab Goswami should had a heated debate on " Whether Deepika is a virgin - India wants to know"
                        "This has obviously been great publicity for you, timed perfectly with the release of your new film" yes you are the best people to speak about timing and publicity, a channel who sold its prime time to a particular political party and a paper who sold lies of a political leader as verses of Bible has every right to speak about this like a prostitute has every right to speak about chastity . Only difference is prostitute is better in a sense because she does it for her survival .

                       Dear Priya Gupta you should have been gracious enough to apologies Deepika Padukone instead of giving sermons . Dignity of a woman is not decided by Times of India, cleavage of Deepika Padukone is not a public property for you to write anything just because you have a third rate news paper. It is surprising that as a woman how you wrote such a disgusting and regressive editorial. Its looks like defense of a rapist in the court - She use drugs, She use alcohol,  she is a single mother, she has many boy friends etc. You argument also similar - she had shot more revealing pictures, she had shoot for a liquor brand, she had done it for publicity, other media outlets also published it etc etc. But all those arguments are not an excuse for your shameless yellow journalism. Truth is naked in front of your eyes, but if you decide to hide it with your paper I have nothing more to say  

Links
1. Citizens Jain - Newyorker 
2. Dear Deepika - Our point of view - TOI Editorial 



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rahul Gandhi at FICCI on education – Visionary speech on building modern India



Rahul Gandhi’s speech in FICCI evoked a debate over corruption, since it is convenient for any opposition leader to attack Rahul Gandhi forgetting the fact that he has a convicted (please note it’s not accused, but convicted by court) cabinet minister and other few charge sheeted. It’s pretty ironic that the same person speaks on a length about corruption, forgetting that he never even attempted to appoint a Lokayukta in his 10 years government. 

However, I am not going to be writing about double standards displayed by the opposition party and its leaders on corruption since, it is been discussed all over the media numerous times.

In these sound bytes over corruption, many are missing the visionary ideas of Rahul on education. As many visionaries have stated in many contexts, and one that came across my attention in the recent past is what Nelson Mandela stated once “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

In my opinion what India needs today is a weapon, to change, change to be a greater nation, which is only possible through a better education system in place. We are a country with immense potential. As a developing nation human resources is our greatest asset, as one foreign diplomat pointed out , manpower is an asset for India (50% of Indian population is below 25 years of age)  like crude oil for Saudi Arabia .

Are we really using this asset effectively? Probably no; I say so because the Government data suggests that only one out of every seven children born in India goes to college. This nation suffers from both a crippling quantity, as well as a quality challenge when it comes to higher education.

India’s huge pool of youngsters is its biggest strength. Unfortunately, India is far from having its act together to better educate the youngsters; most of our initiatives in the aspect of education are literacy oriented. Our focus have been always to make our country a literate nation, while that is important, its equally important to create leaders, socialists , scientists, visionaries so on and so forth. And these have to churn out in big numbers if our nation needs a change, a change to create history like Kabir, Tagore and Ramanujan’s. This is only possible through inducing a vision in every individual from the inception of their education.

Like 3D visions are always better in terms of clarity and depth, we require a 3 dimensional approach; dimensions that involve the Education system, Industry and the Government, equally involved and responsible for building a brighter nation.

I echo what Rahul Gandhi rightly pointed out, while responding to the question on skill set requirement Vs availability of the same. The biggest challenge India is facing in terms of the quality of the output in our education system is that the Government, the industry and the educational system are acting parallel. While it’s very important; that we need to rid ourselves of the idea that academia and industry are separate silos.
I echo what Rahul Gandhi stated “we need to rid ourselves of the idea that academia and industry are separate silos”. Each sector (Government, Industry, Education system) have its vital role play, collaboration is the key.

The sad part is, we are ready to collaborate with some of the best institutions in the world but we do not want to collaborate within ourselves. There is a lack of synergy between institutions within the country. Researchers performing outstandingly well abroad, lose their willingness to perform as soon as they land in India. Indian education will not progress, develop or evolve into a dynamic field unless the problems inherent in it are identified and solved.

While majority of us point fingers at government for any fall outs, however in terms of education and skill development, government alone cannot be blamed, all the sectors have a role to play

Industries need to collaborate with different educational institutions; go hand in hand in developing individuals with at most caliber. We do see in some pockets, industries do collaborate with educational institutions; predominantly it is in terms of campus recruitments. However, this is at a stage where the output (candidates) is ready, and any change to the quality of the individuals cannot be impacted. Therefore many a times the industries compromise on the quality of the recruits, to meet the demand of the workforce required. The major fall out occurs here, where the man power is not effective or efficient enough to develop the industries, hence impacting the nations growth.

These can be curbed to a greater extend by Industries being part and parcel in the development of the students from their inception in to an educational institution. A tie up with certain number of colleges in playing a vital role in building careers for students. They can help the education system develop curriculum that are in sync with the current market/industry requirements, keep a check on the quality of the students year on year, and collaboratively churn out individuals who would fit the demand.  This would in a big way help our country retain the interest of the students, since they have a career path laid. And in turn help us retain the talent within the country.

Statistics says “India's research output as global share of scientific publications was a mere 3.5 percent in 2010 whereas China's share was 21 percent in 2007”. Industries do have a major role to play in terms of increasing the expenditure on R & D.

Today’s education system / educational institutions, are majorly concentrating on the success percentage of the students, in relation to marks they obtain in the exams. And these success percentages to a greater extent are used to advertise the school/college to get more admissions in the coming year.

 Educational institutions have much bigger role to play, precisely to say more responsible role to play in bringing up highly skilled individuals. Today we encourage memorizing not conceptualizing. There is very few understanding the subject, however majority just knowing the subject.  This has led to many degree holders in different fields of education, however the standard of these educational qualification being poor. We cannot have innovation, simplifications and effectiveness in any field of work, if we do not have individuals who are not conceptually strong on the subject or the field they are working in.

The education system need to change the outlook of the education pattern today, it should shift from more of theoretical, to more of practical education based on the industry requirement. Bring in the latest technologies to provide arena to the students to develop their skill sets. Look out for tie ups with industries to understand the requirement at a work force level, and bring in curriculums based on the market requirements. The QS World University Rankings, an annual listing of the world’s top universities, had no Indian institutes in the top 200 of its recently released global list for 2013. Education in India stands at the crossroads today. Neither normal linear expansion nor the existing pace and nature of improvement can meet the needs of the situation. We are not aspiring for excellence; we need a change and change at the earliest, having such a big pool of youngsters and not being able to be the best on educational aspect is a bad state a nation can be in.


While Industry and education system have its own major and collaborative role to play, the government has to act as a catalyst to facilitate the requirements.

The government of India has always been actively present in terms of educational aspects. Drawing on Nehru’s vision, and articulating most of his key themes. He concentrated on higher education, which would drive quality engineers, scientists and researchers, as a result are the IIT, IIM, AIMS and IISC. He also focused on secularism and national integration through education. Post which the Kothari Commission (1964–6) was set up during Indira Gandhi government to formulate a coherent education policy for India. The Indira era concentrated more on science. The Kothari Commission: education for modernization, national unity and literacy.  In 1986, Rajiv Gandhi announced a new education policy, the National Policy on Education (NPE), which was intended to prepare India for the 21st century. The National Knowledge commission by the UPA government that focused on five key areas of the knowledge paradigm – access to knowledge, knowledge concepts, knowledge creation, knowledge application and development of better knowledge services. 

Yashpal committee in 1993, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, set up a National Advisory Committee, with Yash Pal as Chairman, to go into the issue of overburdening of school children. The report of the committee, entitled "Learning without Burden", is now regarded as a seminal document in Indian education. In 2009, MHRD set up a Committee on Higher Education with Pal as the Chairman. In its report, the Committee laid emphasis on the idea of a university, and advocated a number of major structural changes

While most of it is in place, majority of the recommendations are on implementation stage or the phase of these initiatives is at a snail speed. The Kothari commission suggested 6 percentage of the GDP has to be spent on education however it never happened and the latest is 4 percent. If we could have implemented the same, India would have been far ahead in terms of education as well as the quality of individuals. Government should increase their investment in building more research centers, educational institutions. This would help in widening the talent pool and increasing the opportunity in India.

Industry, government and education system has a common responsibility in recent decades in the preparation of a highly skilled workforce to preserve the nation’s competitiveness and economic opportunity in response to rapid technological change and increasing global competition. Everyone has a role to play. Its time to stop passing the bug and start preparing to kill the bug.
                                                               


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kerala don't have safe drinking water , so "Kerala model" is inferior to "Vibrant Gujarat" - New Spin

           Rural households in Kerala are the worst hit with only 29.5% having access to safe drinking water, according to the study". (Read TOI article here) More over Modi supporters were quoting this article to prove "Gujarat Model" better than "Kerala model".

  I have read a news article in Times of India(TOI) about drinking water issue in Kerala. As per TOI their report is based on National Sample Survey Office(NSSO) . As a Keralite I was shocked to read this article and knowing ground realities.

            Knowing reputation of TOI I have gone through NSSO and its surprised me. TOI reporter has only gone through only first table from a list 22 table. TOI tweaked 'improved source of drinking water" to access to drinking water. To get a clear picture I will give a list of observations in NSSO comparing Kerala & Gujarat.


1a. Improved Source of drinking water -  Kerala - Rural 29.5% Urban 56.8%
                                                             Gujarat - Rural 89.2% Urban 95.6%


1b.Sufficient water throughout Year -       Kerala - Rural 86%     Urban 91.6%
                                                               Gujarat - Rural 86.3% Urban 96.1%

2a.House holds having drinking water facility in premises - Kerala - Rural 73.5% Urban 81.9%
                                                                                       Gujarat - Rural 57.6% Urban 84.1%

2b.House holds having drinking water facility within .2 km - Kerala - Rural 22.7% Urban 16.2%
                                                                                          Gujarat - Rural 26.3% Urban 11.4%

3.Average time to fetch water from outside premises (minutes) - Kerala - Rural 16 Urban 11
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 21  Urban 14

4.Average waiting time to fetch water from primary source outside premises (minutes) -
                                                                                                 Kerala - Rural 9  Urban9
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 12  Urban 20

5.House holds treating drinking water  -                                     Kerala - Rural 82.4% Urban 90.1%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 85.4%  Urban 87.9%


6.Households getting good quality drinking water  -                    Kerala - Rural 94.7% Urban 90.2%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 94.1%  Urban83.1%

7. Sufficient water throughout year for household activities  -       Kerala - Rural 84.6% Urban 88.8%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 88.1%  Urban93.4%

8.Households who got daily supply of water-                             Kerala - Rural 62.2%  Urban84.3%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 78%    Urban81.7%

9.Households without bathroom facility  -                                   Kerala - Rural 9.7% Urban 5.3%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 53.9%  Urban 15.7% 


10.Households with bathing facility within premises  -                  Kerala - Rural 95.7% Urban98.8%
                                                                                                  Gujarat - Rural 93.9%  Urban98.7%

11.Households without latrine facility  -                                      Kerala -  Rural 2.8% Urban 1.2%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural  58.7%  Urban 6.2%

12.Household with electricity for domestic use-                          Kerala - Rural 96.7% Urban 98.7%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural 95.9%  Urban 98.9%

13.Household living in a house with pucca structure  -                Kerala - Rural 85.4% Urban 90.8%
                                                                                                 Gujarat - Rural  80.1%  Urban  97.9%


                         Improved source of drinking water is not equal to safe water. NSSO defined improved source of drinking water as bottled water, piped water into dwelling, piped water to yard/plot , public tap/stand pipe , tube well/ borehole , protected well, protected spring and rain water harvesting. TOI changed this to safe means remaining water sources are unsafe . Most of the water resources in Kerala are "open well" or "open spring". But as a state having 6 - 8 months of rain in a year, it will be a stupid analogy to call Kerala's open well and spring as unsafe.  

                    When TOI gave a headline "Kerala worst hit in access to protected water" they forget to note that  82.4% households in Rural and 90% households in urban drink treated (Boiling, filtering, using chemicals, electronic purifier etc ) drinking water. May be an intentional error to show that "Gujarat model" is superior to "Kerala model" 















Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Is India really Free or Freedom paradoxical?


Is India really Free or Freedom paradoxical?
One year completes since the Delhi Gang rape took place, which shook the consciousness of every Indian. An unprecedented protest occurred post the occurrence of this sheer level of cruelty. In spite of the unresponsive government the highly agitated protest led to a tough anti rape law coming into existence. The entire episode where the public took the responsibility of obtaining justice, to the contrary the government taking a cold approach to the incident resulted in one of the reasons for Congress losing power in Delhi.
In my opinion, our response to any cruelty against women shouldn’t be looked through a prism of convenience, however should have an overall approach.  Mostly we see, those who outrage about the rape in Delhi or Mumbai never speak about rapes in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan, our response to rapes are based on our political allegiance. Those who asked for punishment against Delhi rape victims were silent when a God man and son came into scrutiny.  Those who were vocal about molestation in Tehelka were silent when a girl and her family were stalked and harassed by Prime Ministerial nominee of a party. Were the media that chased for the blood of Tehelka chief hiding, when a case against Dainik Bhaskar group CEO came to light?  Why don’t we have an outraged behaviour from people, when the law enforcing agencies rape women in Manipur or Kashmir? For the fact even Supreme Court judges showed its true colour when Justice Ganguly who  got accused in sexual molestation of a junior,  refused resignation and SC panel didn’t recommend criminal action against Justice Ganguly .
I believe that rather than talking about harassment towards women in pockets, we should equally treat and fight against every molestation, cruelty and harassment towards women. Women in a village of Kashmir or Kanyakumari are equal and deserve to be equally respected to that of women in Delhi, Mumbai or Hyderabad. While in the media Nirbhaya became news, 100s of Nirbhaya incidents across India should also create awareness and drive a revolution to protect every woman in this country irrespective of the region they belong to. Gang rape in Kolkata has to be equally treated to a gang rape in Madhya Pradesh as well as in Delhi.
 Sometimes I really wonder while reading the opinion of youth supporters of political parties where they politicise rape based on the party in rule or the political leanings of the accused. Surprisingly the people who need to take the first step to support the victim are the ones who play a major role in the character assassination of the victim.  Anybody drawing such conclusions about an individual (victim) is doing the second cruellest thing to that individual, the prime cruelty being “rape”. We need to build a society where support to the victim should run parallel to fighting for justice for such act.  The support has to be equal irrespective of the caste, creed, education back ground and race, and fight for justice has to be seamless.
As per National Crime Records Bureau  out of 24,923 rapes reported  in 2012 – the accused are of the following categories;  parent/close family members‒ 393 (1.6%), other relatives ‒1,585 (6.4%), neighbours ‒8,484 (34%), other known persons ‒ 14,008 (56.2%), and unknown persons‒453 (1.8%).
The above statistics clearly shows that in our country, the accused in 98.2% rapes of the total rapes are known to the victim, it’s either a relative or neighbour. Here the occurrence of the rape is inevitable, and stopping of it from happening, by the police is close to impossible because these scenarios are quite evidently out of their area of influence for a law enforcer. The only action that can be taken by the police is getting the offender to the law, post the occurrence, only if the case is filed.
In my opinion, deterioration of value and integrity in our society is more critical than depreciation of the value of currency. It’s time we wake up and address the crux of the issue. Find solution to issues like; why men are seeing every woman, known or unknown as a medium to provide sexual pleasure? Why bosses use their position for sexual favours from subordinate? Why do old men molest young girls? Why incest is increasing in our society? Why are we missing the ancient Indian culture where women were treated as goddess? Is the increasing gap between haves and have-nots is a reason for sexual assaults?
We are all aware of the unwelcoming behaviour of some men towards women in crowded places and especially in public transports. Now it has become an accepted behaviour of frustrated men. I have personally felt and witnessed incidents of stalking, molestation leading to mental harassment. And I am sure, majority of the women have had such experiences in some or the other form. Everyday women go through such experiences, whether it is stalking, rape or molestation. Few cases get reported, 90% of it doesn’t fearing the reputation or perception of the society.
I am not trying to accuse all men for these incidents; however there is something fundamentally wrong with our educational system. Focus of our educational institution has to take shift from creating society of literates to creating responsible citizens.
Research shows an undeniable link between poverty and sexual violence. Perpetrators of sexual violence target individuals who seem vulnerable, and poverty in itself is vulnerable in any form whether it be due to reasons like age, race, disability, sexual orientation, immigrants from other states, income etc..;  victims and survivors are mostly caught in situations, created by poverty.
Poverty is among the biggest root causes of sexual violence and has a daily presence in the lives of many victims and survivors of sexual assault. Therefore, the thread of economic advocacy must be woven through the fabric of all intervention and prevention efforts. We should support social welfare schemes that would empower the poor and poverty. Fight against alcoholism and drugs, as in many rape cases and child molestation cases offenders were on the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Crimes against women is like corruption in India both disables a state from meeting its obligation to respect, fulfil and protect the human rights of citizens. Just a strong law won’t stop it. We need administrators with conviction to implement it. We need to create awareness, make sure that offenders are punished, and take the responsibility to relieve youngsters from the clutches of alcohol and drugs, creating an educational system and parental guidance to create responsible citizens, ultimately a Free India in True sense.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Narendra Modi's response to Section 377 thinking its Article 370

 We have received initial response of Narendra Modi ,Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP,  on  section 377.



"...Syama Prasad Mookerjee  was right and  Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was wrong. If Syama Prasad Mookerjee had not turned back  against Nehru , we would still need a permit for this here....

     Men and women must have same rights. Should there be discrimination again women . Shouldn't the injustice stop.?  
Whether this has done anything good or bad should be discussed. It would have been better if they focused on this..."


Modi Tweeted clarifying his position later " .... Glad that after my call for a debate , it is being widely debated among people & across TV, social media . Wounds of suffering caused are still fresh in our hearts..... if there is heaven on earth, it is this. "

BJP has not diluted its position – Sushma swaraj told reporters .Mr Modi was highlighting the reality  - Nirmala sitaraman defended Modiji

Writing on the wall



                 

    State assembly elections are over, and there wasn’t much surprise in the results, just replicating the opinion polls and surveys. “Congress drowned in all four states”. The level of anti congress wave surprised everyone; even hardcore Congress supporters are sceptical about the chances of Congress wining in 2014 general election, if they continue to function in the same style.
Senior Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyyar openly stated "Who can be even half-way realistic and expect the Congress to return to power?" It seems to be a clear reflection of Congress rank and file too. Precisely, a gloom that is palpable among Congress workers.
    History repeats - Congress is now facing the biggest perception battle in the upcoming general election, same as the 1989 General election when Rajiv Gandhi faced the false accusation of the Bofors scam. Factually speaking UPA has a fairly good track record in infrastructure development, power, economic growth, sanitation, telecom, poverty eradication, urban development, education, positive relationship with the neighbouring countries, terrorism handling etc. However, with all these good work in their kitty, they failed miserably in marketing themselves and converting it to votes. 
Congress failed to visualize the emergence of the new medium of branding, like Face Book and Twitter along with its impact in the 21st century.  The current social medium amplified the minute weaknesses of the UPA government, and the opposition capitalised on the non existence of the congress in social media.
Most of the Main stream media’s (MSM) being owned by the powerful corporate, contributed only towards spreading negative news about UPA, constantly accusing the UPA and the Gandhi family with every petty issue.
  Responsibility goes hand in hand with Authority, and when the authority is given by the people, it has one more addition along with the responsibility i.e. expectation of the billion in this country. So, when the people of India gave a second chance to Congress, that too with more seats in almost every state, their expectations were obviously high.
However Congress failed in many areas, some which no government could have stopped from happening, one of it being the Global slowdown resulting in economic down trend in India.  However lot of it could have been managed better -  CAG who stepped out of his mandate to criticise policies of the elected govt,   Judge who passed an unprecedented judgement  which led to cancellation of all 2G spectrum licenses, Finance minister who levied retrospective tax on Vodafone which the SC waved off  initially, lady who derailed railway and reforms at same time ,  opposition party who believed that their role is to stop democracy from functioning, a self appointed Gandhian who believed in fighting corruption in the style “my way or the high way”. All these played their own specific roles in ruining our economy and the existing good governance. And these factors resulted in less job creation, loss of existing jobs, leading to anger among urban middle class. Unprecedented inflation and LPG, petrol and diesel prices increased, this derailed middle class people’s budget, and congress slowly became pro Aam Aadmi to Anti Aam Aadmi.  
It wouldn’t justifiable if I say “Congress lost only because of media or because of the impact of the social media”. They failed on the basic deliverables of any party competing to form a government whether it is selecting the right candidate, managing rallies, booth level campaigning or to the basic level of having enough polling agent to cover all the locations. In addition to that in many places party were in disarray, either because of factionalism or because of friction between government and party. 
Congress leadership failed to counter the Modi factor. When Modi was dictating headlines Congress failed to expose his rhetoric, and put forward a vision before the country. Congress never put any effort in building its credibility or defended its ideology through a team in social media or in public which ultimately led to a one side game for the opposition party.
 Rather than saying it was the failure of Congress strategy, it would be right to say Congress didn’t even have any clear strategy in place for this election. They should have anticipated and actioned based on the results from the UP, Punjab and Goa Assembly election held in 2012. Quite obviously, if someone is out of touch with ground realities similar setbacks will continue to follow.
  What Congress had to do was clearly given by A K Antony committee in 1999 after the debacle in Lok Sabha election, few points from that report .
1.      Announce party candidates a month in advance for assembly constituencies and three months ahead for Lok Sabha elections
2.       Congress would enter into coalitions only as a last resort, that too based on a common minimum programme
3.       Replace district Congress committees and block Congress committees with Lok Sabha and assembly constituency committees
4.       As part of the democratisation process from the grassroots, it has been recommended that the process of secret balloting by active members of the party will be introduced even in the election of booth, village and block committees
5.        The disciplinary action committee should give its decisions within a month of conclusion of elections to ensure timely action against those who sabotaged the party's prospects from within the ranks
6.        No politician who joins the party, particularly on election eve, should get the party's ticket without being a member for a while.
7.      Enrol the intelligentsia and make space for them in its deliberative and decision-making organs to counter their distancing from the party. The election results had confirmed the party's growing alienation from the educated, urban middle class and the Congress president should have direct access to the intelligentsia
8.        create the party's own dalit support base rather than depending on other parties, the Congress has also decided to build up its own dalit leadership wherever possible . Priority to retrieving the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe seats and their votes
9.          OBC voters should be brought back to the party's fold by giving them adequate representation in the organisation and elective bodies
10.   reach out to Muslims and to  women.
11.   the need to have dedicated full-time party workers to combat the cadre-based communal organisations. It expressed concern over the army of activists the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party have built up over the decades and the variety of educational, cultural and sports activities through which they have been "spreading their tentacles".
Even though CWC had accepted Antony committee’s recommendation, there were no concrete efforts put in by the party to implement the same. Post the UP, Punjab, Goa elections again Congress appointed Antony committee to find reasons for its failure, few points from that report
1.       Faulty ticket distribution as one of the main reasons for the poor showing and suggested that the screening process (of candidates) be tightened.
2.       No tickets should be distributed to Congressmen's sons, daughters or wives till their "winnability" was absolutely clear
3.       It should go back to the "traditional way of campaigning"
4.        no one should be projected as the CM candidate, the focus should be on poll issues and development, and the strategy should be planned well in advance
5.       Party should take feedback from the social media, Social media could be used to widen the net in reaching urban voters
6.       The need for discipline in the party, ensuring compliance not just among the workers but also leaders
7.       The Congress' efforts to woo U.P.'s Muslims failed as statements made by senior leaders were perceived to be communal
8.       Congress, which deployed the caste factor in these elections, got its arithmetic wrong, and too many tickets were given to party outsiders, who failed to strengthen the Congress while alienating traditional party-men
9.       The disconnect between party leaders and grassroots-level workers was one of the major reasons for the Congress's abysmal performance in these elections, So State unit chiefs, Congress Legislature Party leaders and Chief Ministers be accessible to party cadres


Tickets were given to kith and kin of party leaders (DigVijaya son, Ajit Jogi’s son & wife,  Motilal Vora’s son, Sajjan Kumar’s son , Madrena’s(who is facing kidnapping and murder cases)  wife,   criminal candidates were given ticket, tickets were given to candidates who just joined party( In Delhi ticket given to Asif Mohd Khan some who is having 16 criminal cases yet  joined congress in August ) . Did congress think that voters can be taken for granted ? No party can win election coming to people once in 5 years or by nominating parachuted candidates. If congress needs to change it has to take the painful way of Indira, use iron fist and implement, because from now on it should look at a new and a clean come back.
 As a political observer I would like to add and amend few points on Antony reports

1.      Congress has to declare Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate , Rahul has to communicate more , he has to  use  Twitter & Face Book to reach youth . Use social media to take on opponents. Engage with youth like Shashi Tharoor does.
2.        Give more importance to frontal organizations like NSU. Youth Congress, Seva dal, Mahila Congress and INTUC .Give seats to office bearers of these organizations for elections
3.        Implement Kamaraj plan , ask all senior ministers  to resign and go to states to strengthen party . There should be visible change in the functioning of UPA
4.       Alliances will decide winner in 2014, Congress has to strike alliances in all major states.
5.       Ask all Congress Chief Ministers to implement Kerala’s Mass Contact Programme in all states to redress grievances
6.       Ask all Congress MPs to do Mass contact programme in different parts of their constituencies, redress grievances of common man and party workers
7.       Ask all Congress MPs to publish their 5 years report card to the public
6 months is a very short time, but in Indian politics it’s a long time. Rahul Gandhi is honest young man, definitely people of India will understand his good intentions and vision . Silver lining in this episode is that Rahul Gandhi came out and dared to face media and accept failure. Remember Narendra Modi gone hiding as a coward for three days after Karnataka election. If Rahul can honestly carry forward what he said in Jaipur, if he can show same anger when he said “this bill is nonsense” , if he takes his opponents in same vigour and hit back on them no doubt that people of India will give another chance to Congress. People of India is looking for a decisive leader who can lead from the front, who is visible, who connects with youth, middle class and Aam Aadmi . Future of Congress depends on how Rahul Gandhi takes up this challenge and scales up, if he continues with same advisors and same style of functioning then there is no need to wait for 2014 to know the known results.